Daily Compliance Item- 2.22.17- 12.5.2.1- Student-Athletes Participating in Student Polls

The Ocean State University student newspaper likes to include informal polls in each edition as a way to get to know members of the student body. Some of the questions include favorite movie, candy, restaurant, type of food, etc.

Is it permissible for the student-athletes to participate in this student poll since they will be asked to list commercial establishments?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 4/20/15- Student-Athlete Providing Opinions on a Commercial Product or Service (I)- states that a student-athlete may provide an opinion about a commercial product or service, as long as no individual associated in any manner with the commercial product or service is involved in directing the student-athlete to issue the opinion, and the student-athlete does not receive any benefits from any source in conjunction with his or her opinion. [References: NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1 (advertisements and promotions after becoming a student-athlete) and an official interpretation (10/06/94, Item No. 2, which has been archived)]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION or JumpForward. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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